The OSN aims to reduce technological and operational barriers towards the adoption of skills-based education and hiring as a standard practice for the majority of education providers and employers in the United States. The OSN is committed to the democratization of skills as a sharable, interoperable currency through the practical application of open, accessible, machine-actionable skills data. An open skills infrastructure is critical to support the future of work and the development of agile and robust talent pipelines where all individuals have the opportunity to achieve their career goals.
Interim Executive Director
Sarah DeMark joined nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU) in 2014 and currently serves as the Vice Provost of Workforce Intelligence and Credential Integrity. Sarah’s focus is on the intersection of education and hiring and in ensuring that WGU’s credentials are workforce relevant and provide desirable pathways to opportunity for all individuals. Prior to her current role, she served as the Vice President of Program Development, responsible for the design, development, and evaluation of WGU’s competency-based programs, curriculum, and assessments.
Prior to joining WGU, Sarah spent more than 15 years at leading IT companies (such as Cisco and VMware), serving in various leadership roles where she oversaw the strategy and execution of certification, curriculum-based training, and corporate talent assessment portfolios.
She earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Educational Psychology (Measurement, Statistics, & Methodological Studies) from Arizona State University, and B.S. degrees in both Elementary Education and Psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Comprised of four of the organizations below who helped to found the OSN in September, 2020, this committee meets regularly to set the strategy and long term objectives of the OSN.